No govt interference in providing info through RTI Act: CIC
Attends CUK’s maiden ‘Meet the Eminent’ prog
Srinagar, Dec 2: The Jammu and Kashmir State Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Mr. G R Sufi today said that there was no interference from the State government vis-à-vis providing of information to the people under Right to Information (RTI) Act.
“The commission has passed orders against police and other several sensitive departments and institutions, which have been directed to provide the information to the RTI applicants,” Mr. Sufi said while addressing the programme “Meet the Eminent” organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Library Resource Cell and Directorate of Students Welfare of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) at its Nowgam-I academic block.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, DSW Director, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, faculty members of other departments and students were also present on the occasion.
Prof. Khurshed Ali, Prof. Sayeed Fayyaz Ahmad, Dr. Shuja’at Bukhari, Prof. Noor Ahmad Baba, Mr. Z. G. Mohammad were panelists during the meet.
Mr. Sufi admitted that there have been complaints about misuse of the Act. “There have been instance wherein the Act has been misused by certain people, but overall the Act is a powerful, but liberal tool to empower a common citizen,” he said.
While sharing his personal experience during the days of his studies in the Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and working in different capacities in several government departments, Mr. Sufi asked the students to put in their best efforts and work hard to fulfill their aspirations.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir while felicitating Mr. Sufi asked the students to take a cue from these eminent personalities and carve out a similar niche for themselves in the society.
Registrar, Prof. Muhammad Afzal Zargar thanked the panelists for their participation in the maiden programme. While welcoming the guests, he said that such functions would be conducted at regular intervals and people, who have carved a niche for themselves in their field, would be invited to share their personal experiences to encourage the students.
Noted journalist Dr. Shuja’at Bukhari and eminent columnist, Mr. Z G Muhammad hailed the university initiative and complimented Mr. Sufi for attaining the heights. They also deliberated up on the comparative usage of nomenclature of the Shahr-e-Khas and downtown in Kashmir in their observations.
Prof. Khurshed Ali, Prof. Sayeed Fayyaz Ahmad and Prof. Noor Ahmad Baba also spoke about their association with Mr. Sufi.
Assistant Prof. Department of Education, Dr. Sayid Muhammad Bhat conducted the programme proceedings.